SportsAble Celebrates National Boccia Day
It was National Boccia Day on September 27th and to celebrate SportsAble ran a Boccia Fest ( on Tuesday 25th September). During the first hour, members enjoyed some Boccia challenges and games, before opening the doors to invite people to a taster session so they could see for themselves why it is becoming one of the most popular disability sports in the world.
Boccia is one of the fastest growing disability sports in the country and is popular with people of all ages. It is a sport that tests muscle control and accuracy because players are required to propel balls so that they land close to a target ball. Two sides can compete either as individuals, pairs or as a team of three, over a set number of ends. Each side has six balls (red or blue) each end and points are accumulated over the course of a match to find a winner.
At SportsAble, there are members who enjoy the sport at grassroots level and others, like Penny Froude, who have developed a passion and a talent which has taken them onto the national competition circuit to represent Team GB and others who are on a talent pathway to Tokyo 2020.
The SportsAble Boccia fest was organised as part of Boccia’s England‘s official National Boccia Day.
Damian NG, SportsAble Sports Development Officer says, “We really want to encourage as many people as possible to try Boccia for themselves. It is a sport that can be played by different age groups and abilities. Over the years, our Boccia section has grown in strength and we are delighted to offer it at a grassroots level, where people enjoy playing for fun and socialising, as well as supporting athletes who want to progress further.
“We also reach into our local community and take Boccia to groups who are unable to bring their members to our facilities at Braywick Park. It is immensely satisfying seeing people try Boccia for the first time and achieve something that they didn’t think was possible.”
If you would be interested in attending a free taster session of Boccia, or would like us to bring Boccia to your community Group, contact Damian either by calling 01628 627690 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.